Tuesday, March 18, 2008

South Seas Island Plantation and Sanibel Island

Today we went to the J.N. "Ding Darling" National Wildlife Refuge. More than half of Sanibel is occupied by the subtly beautiful J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, a 6,300 acres of wetland and lush, jungly mangrove forest named after a conservation-minded Pulitzer prize-winning political cartoonist, who fathered the Duck Stamp program. Birders have counted some 230 species, including herons, ospreys, and the timid mangrove cuckoo. We drove the 4 1/2 mile Wildlife Drive and saw an endangered wood stork and an alligator. (www.fws.gov/dingdarling)
After the wildlife tour we had a wonderful lunch at the Green Flash restaurant. This afternoon was spend relaxing and enjoying the South Seas Island Resort. (http://www.southseas.com/)
We walked out on the beach to catch the 7:34 PM sunset. There was no green flash, but it was a beautiful sunset over the water.
We ate dinner at South Seas in the Harbourside Bar & Grill.

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